Wall Wednesday – Wall Art Design in Aspen
The Mountainview homeowners are a Houston couple who love spending time in Aspen with their children and of course, their guests. At first, the husband envisioned this home as their “ski bum house,” but the wife desired a retreat as remarkable as her primary residence. We decided to blend the rustic feel of a traditional mountain home with a contemporary, mid-city design. United by the home’s details, these opposing styles merge to create a lovely aesthetic we refer to as “Mountain Modern.”
This elegant interpretation of a rustic lodge relies on beautifully stained woods. You will find that wood plays a major role in nearly every room at the aptly named Mountainview home. Every window is framed in a lovely oak. We kept the drapery crisp and the wall color white to enhance the frames and other natural woods found throughout. On the walls, we added playful art pieces in the kids’ rooms and still, stoic works in the study.
Every Wall Wednesday, we take a look at the design details of wall coverings, lighting, storage solutions (especially when it’s wine!), and art. Today we’re sharing the personality of Mountainview’s private spaces: the bunk room, two bedrooms, and the husband’s study. In these more intimate spaces of the home, we have used wall art to contribute to the home’s overall theme: stylish and evocative Americana.
The Bunkroom: Playful Wall Art Design for Kids Spaces
The bunk room is a space for the clients’ kiddos to play games, watch movies, and have friends stay the night. Ruled by mature neutrals and pops of color, this space takes a playful approach to mountain modern design. Above the sofa, a gallery wall is formed by images of snow, mountains, skis and snowboards. These prints were hand selected by our designers from Etsy and Society6. When it comes to selecting art for kids spaces, we love using these vendors. Since the pieces come straight from the artists, we are able to support them directly. And the variety is wonderful. There is an abundance of abstract work, mid-century art, modern pieces, and even photography.
Girl’s Room: Pretty Pieces that Grow with Her
Whether our clients have toddlers or teenagers, designing spaces for their kiddos is always a fun challenge. For this girl’s room we selected playful pieces and colors, but centered them around classic basics. This way the room can grow with our clients’ daughter as she matures.
A blush pink chandelier from Sazerac Stitches contrasts with white walls and window coverings. Like Etsy and Society6, Sazerac Stitches is one of those brands we enjoy using in kids spaces. Sazerac Stitches is a New Orleans-based lighting company that creates vibrant and custom designed pieces. Their products are playful in color, but the shapes of their designs are sophisticated and inspiring. (Check out this nursery where we used the same chandelier.)
For the space above the desk, we selected brass art hangers from RH Teen. Not only are they a beautiful way to display pictures, but they also allow kiddos to easily exchange images as they grow.
The Master: Rustic Designs for Sophisticated Serenity
In the master bedroom we selected several neutral pieces to serve as a backdrop for the room’s dominant jewel tones. A rustic chandelier from Arteriors and herringbone nightstands from Restoration Hardware embrace a gray finish. Meanwhile, the Slate Column Table Lamps from Shades of Light create a sense of depth.
In the space above the nightstands, we hung identical mirrors from Aidan Gray. These mirrors give more depth to the space (just as classic mirrors would), but their antiqued appearance complements the room’s rustic aesthetic.
The Study: Wall Art Design for Above the Sofa
Like the bunk room, we opted to create a gallery wall in the study (this time, a little more sophisticated). Instead of playful designs of snowboards and skis, this wall art features modern pieces and prints relevant to the home’s geography. A woven wall hanging and an abstract art piece accompany landscape images and a highland bull print. Together, these pieces speak to the modern yet rustic aesthetic of the Mountainview residence.
After sharing Mountainview’s design inspiration, major transformation and wall art designs, it’s almost time for a final reveal! In the coming weeks we will unveil more detail about this Aspen retreat and how it all came together.